At Kader, we believe that knowledge is the essential foundation needed for learning, and for skills to be built upon. We want children to have a powerful memory! In order to achieve this we are starting to use knowledge organisers. Knowledge organisers contain the basic knowledge that the children will acquire over the course of the topic. The children will be taught and assessed using these organisers. Typically, a knowledge organiser fits onto one page of A4, this helps pupils to visualize the layout of the page, which in turn helps them to memorise the information more effectively; leading to easier retrieval and application of knowledge. It also assists them to develop successful revision strategies for later life.
The secret to success is to regularly revisit the knowledge: helping transfer knowledge from the short-term memory to the long term memory. This not only helps to make ‘learning stick’ but it also frees up our short-term memory for day to day learning and experiences.
How will a knowledge organiser help my child?
Knowledge organisers will be made available at the start of each unit to help them remember what they’re learning and to help them to see the bigger learning journey in their topic. Instead of forgetting previous learning, pupils continually revisit and retrieve prior learning from their memories.
How will a knowledge organiser help me to help my child?
The knowledge organisers will hopefully help you to do this easily. Here are some suggested ideas:
- Get your child to ‘teach’ you the information from the knowledge organiser.
- Cover up parts of the knowledge organiser and ask them to reveal what it is you are covering up.
- Get your child to make list as much information from the knowledge organiser as they can.
- Ask them questions about information on the knowledge organiser.
- Ask them to ‘Give you 5’. This is where the children will have to recall 5 facts from the knowledge organiser.
If you have any further questions about how you can use the knowledge organiser provided to help your child’s learning please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s teacher.
Mrs A Mitchinson. Acting Principal